KU built a 14-point halftime advantage, but in the end it wasn't enough as MU's Zaire Taylor hit a last second shot to extend Missouri's homecourt winning streak to 16. KU dropped to 19-5 overall and 8-1 in the Big 12, while Mizzou improved to 21-4 overall and 8-2 in the league.
It was sloppy on both ends to open the contest with both teams going
0-4 from the floor and committing two turnovers right off the
bat. With just over 16:30 on the clock, KU finally got on the
board first when Marcus Morris stole the ball from Tiger Leo Lyons and
pitched ahead to Tyshawn Taylor for a fastbreak dunk and a 2-0 lead.
Missouri answered on the next possession to tie the game 2-2 and then
pushed its lead to 7-2. With just under 13 minutes left in
the opening period and Missouri leading 9-8, KU coach Bill Self called
a timeout. After the quick break, the teams traded buckets
and MU led by one at the second media timeout.
Back from the commercial break, Sherron Collins got on the board to put
KU up 12-11 and the Jayhawks started to assert themselves.
Tyrel Reed, entered the game and hit a pair of long-range bombs and KU
led 22-13 by the third TV timeout.
Kansas ended the half on an 8-3 run, punctuated by an acrobatic layin
by Taylor at the buzzer to lead 30-16 at the break.
The 16-point Missouri first half was a Tiger season low for a team that
leads the Big 12 in scoring at 84.2 points per game entering the
Eight of nine Jayhawks who played in the first half scored with Reed
leading the way with six points. DeMarre Carroll led MU with
six points and four boards.
Predictably, Missouri came out of the locker room looking to quickly
erase KU's lead. After not being able to score on consecutive
possessions in the first half, the Tigers converted on six of their
first seven possessions of the second half. At the 17 minute
mark, KU's lead was cut to eight, 34-26.
For the time being, KU was able to keep the Tigers at arms length and
kept its lead around 10. At the under 12 timeout, the Jayhawks led
46-35. But after the TV break, the Tigers slowly started to make their
In fact, MU scored the next eight points with buckets from Lyons and
Zaire Taylor to get within three at 46-43. KU then went to
its own Taylor, as Tyshawn Taylor hit a floater in the lane and the
converted a three-point play. Travis Releford gave KU its own
8-0 run when he grabbed the ball and raced coast-to-coast for another
From there, Missouri chipped away until finally tying the game 58-all
at the 1:29 mark on a pair of free throws from Leo Lyons.
J.T. Tiller gave MU its first lead of the half 40 seconds
later. KU's Mario Little knotted it at 60 with 30 ticks left.
Missouri held the ball for the final possession and Zaire Taylor hit
the game winner with 1.3 seconds remaining. KU's Brady Morningstar
heaved the ball the length of the floor to Cole Aldrich who was unable
to tip in the desperation shot for a chance at overtime.
All nine KU players who saw action scored with Taylor leading the way
with 11 points. Aldrich grabbed 15 rebounds and five blocks
to go with eight points.
Carroll paced all scorers with 22 points to go with seven
rebounds. In addition to hitting the winning shot, Zaire
Taylor scored seven points.
Kansas outrebounded the Tigers 48-28 – a KU season high and an MU
season low – but turned the ball over a season-high 27 times which led
to 24 Mizzou points.
Kansas will return to action on Saturday to face in-state rival Kansas State in Manhattan at 2:30 p.m. in a game televised nationally on ABC.
Story courtesy: KUAC
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